composer / Ants had swarmed over the food Jack left out overnight. 1. "Modern literary theory puts more emphasis on the reader than the composer of the piece." →Is the word composer used properly here? According to many dictionaries, "composer" only has the meaning of a person who writes music. So I don't think it is suitable in this sentence. How about using "author"? 2. "Ants had swarmed over the food Jack left out overnight." →Is the verb tense correct? I don't know why the past perfect tense is used first, but not used in the Jack-clause. Why not this one? - "Ants swarmed over the food Jack had left out overnight". Thanks!
Apr 27, 2016 9:07 PM
Answers · 3
You can compose a piece of writing, I wouldn't say it is used incorrectly. It's most commonly used to describe someone who writes music, but like I said, it's not an incorrect usage in the given sentence. You could use 'author' though. I agree with your interpretation of the second sentence. It needs the past perfect.
April 27, 2016
1. A composer is someone who puts/ arranges things together and it's most commonly associated with musicians, but this usage isn't incorrect. The word composer fits the context. Yet, I do agree 'composer' could be exchanged with 'author' for more clarity! 2. I think this is a stylistic choice. Perhaps the author wanted place a greater emphasis on the first clause.
April 27, 2016
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